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Denton in Caroline County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Choptank River Heritage Center-Steal Away by River

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

 
 
Choptank River Heritage Center-Steal Away by River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 29, 2014
1. Choptank River Heritage Center-Steal Away by River Marker
Inscription. The Choptank River was as entwined with the history of slavery and freedom on the Eastern Shore as any plantation. Slaves arrived by boat for auction and left the dock in the hands of a new owner. At wharves like this, black watermen played an important role in freedom’s network, bringing news, passing gossip, and occasionally whispering advice about the prospects for escape.

A river crossing was always dangerous for fleeing slaves. Few could swim, and currents were strong. Bridges were tempting but usually tended. Dogs and slave catchers could corner escapees at the water’s edge. Freedom seekers often improved plans to steal away by water.

After abolitionist Hugh Haziett’s arrest for helping slaves escape, he was taken from Caroline County jail to trial down river in Cambridge, where and angry mob greeted his arrival.

RIGHT: Moses Viney used two fence posts for oars and rowed a stolen canoe to freedom. He successfully reached Schenectady, NY, where he worked for Union College and owned several buildings downtown.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway marker series.
 
Location. 38° 53.304′ N, 75° 50.376′ W. Marker is in Denton, Maryland, in Caroline County. Marker is on River

Choptank River Heritage Center image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 29, 2014
2. Choptank River Heritage Center
Landing Road. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10219 River Landing Road, Denton MD 21629, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Maryland Steamboat Company's Joppa Wharf at Denton (here, next to this marker); Steamboats on the Choptank River (a few steps from this marker); Hubs of Activity (within shouting distance of this marker); Nest of Traitors (within shouting distance of this marker); Moses and the Hounds (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Neck Meeting House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tuckahoe Neck Meeting House-Living Their Beliefs (approx. 0.3 miles away); Neck Meeting House Native Garden (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Denton.
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican Americans
 
Choptank River Heritage Center-Maryland Steamboat Co. image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 29, 2014
3. Choptank River Heritage Center-Maryland Steamboat Co.
Choptank River image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 29, 2014
4. Choptank River
Driving Tour Guide-Choptank River Heritage Center-Steal Away by River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 25, 2014
5. Driving Tour Guide-Choptank River Heritage Center-Steal Away by River Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 283 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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